This update comes in really late. But the news is awesome none the less. A project that I was working on for past several months at Modlab, UPenn, got published at IROS 2011 and was picked up my the media in no time.
Wired IEEE Spectrum Gizmodo Tecca Geekosystem NewScientist
The idea was to have robots build robots using binary spray foam. This foam is usually used for insulation but is a great candidate for building rapid robot parts on the fly.
Special thanks to Shai Revzen for the lead and Antonio Macasieb for the support.
Videos of the FoamBot system at work:
We built a machine that sorts out randomly mixed golf balls + ping pong balls and sequences them into pairs starting with the ping pong ball. The video is a little unclear since both balls are of the same color.
Here you see one of my project partner Will, feeding in the balls. I’ll probably post some detailed drawings in the coming days…02.23.11
As part of my IPD 511 (Creative Thinking & Functional Iteration in Design) class, we had to design a dispenser. I chose to build a coin dispenser that could dispense one or multiple coins at a time. The inspiration came from watching food cart vendors return change to their customers. This was mostly a warm-up project and things should probably get more interesting as we dive deeper into the semester.